10 things you need to know today: March 4, 2023

Russia closes in on Ukrainian city of Bakhmut after months of fighting, North Korea blames U.S. for state of international arms control, and more

A ruin in the city of Bakhmut, Ukraine.
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1. Russia closes in on Ukrainian city of Bakhmut after months of fighting

Russian forces on Friday continued to encircle the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut, as Russia inches closer to what would be its first significant victory in the country in nearly six months. Despite the military closing in on the besieged city in recent weeks, Ukrainian fighters have been largely able to hold Russia to the perimeter of Bakhmut. However, a renewed round of artillery on Friday destroyed the few remaining roads out of the city, and by the end of the day, there was reportedly only a single route out of Bakhmut for Ukrainian troops. Despite this, soldiers were seen continuing to dig trenches for defensive positions as Russians moved in, likely signaling that fighting over the city will continue.

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